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Caesar Rodney Sr. and James Trail Jr. Delaware 1700's
Posted by: George Trail (ID *****8017) Date: February 07, 2008 at 18:59:33
  of 2022

I found a couple more records on James Trail Jr. The first was a deed of lease whereby in 1738 Caesar Rodney Sr. leased to James Trail Jr. "farmer" a 250 acre parcel of land "where he(James) now dwells" called "Tiverton". Tiverton is also a place in Devonshire. The lease was for seven years. The scriber of the deed referred to James as only James Tryall but when James signed the deed in what was superb cursive indicating a sound education, he signed it "James Trail Jr.". Then I located the will of Caesar Rodney Sr. where he mentioned the land where James Tryall now dwells. Of course on this will is also mentioned Caesar Rodney Jr., one of America's greatest patriots. It is very honorable that James Trail Jr. appears in the same will as this great man. James Trail Sr. remains a mystery. I find it hard to believe he was a small farmer who escaped the record books. His son was too educated and now I'm finding wealthier than previously thought. His wife Mary is around in the records but not James Sr. Life was hard at Kent County. Caesar Rodney Sr. only lived to be 38. James Jr. we estimate about the same. I read a letter written to Caesar Rodney from Daniel Needham who was a close friend . Daniel decided to join up on a British war ship that was off to fight the Spanish. In the letter he writes of how he fears the fight ahead but that he cannot bear any longer the hard life of the Kent County farmer.It seems many of the men were dying young(35-40) but not James Sr. who was still alive in 1738 and at least 60 years old. I wonder if James Sr. was even around. When Thomas Crawford came to Kent County,Delaware(he was father in law of Caesar Rodney) he married and settled and then it came out that he still had a wife and children back in Britain who he thought had perished on board a vessel. That was his story anyway. In retrospect the 1725 petition for a minister where James Tryal name appears could also be James Jr. as he could have been at least 21 by then considering James Sr. and Mary were married in 1698. Caesar Rodney Sr.'s father was William Rodney who died in 1708. I found an account page for him for goods purchased from James and Hercules Coutts in 1706.


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